Boost announces 5.7-inch Max smartphone from ZTE for $299

Gigaom

Boost Mobile(s s) on Tuesday announced the Boost Max, a new 5.7-inch “phablet” from ZTE. At $299.99, it’s the first no-contract phablet to debut for under $300.

To achieve that price, ZTE had to cut a few corners: The Max’s specs are mid-range at best. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm(s qcom) processor and features a 5.7-inch 1280 by 720 IPS LCD (which works out to 257 pixels per inch). There’s also an 8-megapixel camera on the back of the phone and a 1-megapixel camera on the front.

To take advantage of the large display, the Max is the first device to use ZTE’s SmartView software, allowing you to run two apps on-screen at the same time (which sounds similar to multi-window mode on some of Samsung’s Galaxy Note devices). Other than that the phone runs the fairly dated Android 4.1 (JellyBean) operating system.

Other features include Dolby Digital…

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